South Korea raises bird flu alert to maximum from June 6 to contain H5N8 virus

Health authorities quarantine a chicken farm after a suspected case of avian influenza was reported, in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea, on June 3, 2017.
Health authorities quarantine a chicken farm after a suspected case of avian influenza was reported, in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea, on June 3, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's agriculture ministry said on Monday (June 5) it will raise its bird flu alert level to the maximum as a case found on Saturday was confirmed to be the highly pathogenic strain H5N8.

The first case of avian influenza since early April was confirmed on Saturday in a small backyard flock of farm birds on the southern island of Jeju, rekindling bird flu fears nationwide.

This is the second time that South Korea has raised the country's bird flu alert level to the maximum. It raised the alert level to the maximum for the first time ever when an outbreak was confirmed in November last year.